15 Mar Barger, Hahn Back Tax Relief for Property Owners
Today, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn to cancel property tax penalties, interests, costs and fees for property owners that have been negatively affected by the eviction moratorium passed by the Board as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.
This support for property owners is in response to the Board recently approving in January an extension of tenant protections through 2023.
“I’ve heard repeatedly from many property owners the devastating financial toll the pandemic has taken on them,” said Supervisor Barger. “Some are elderly individuals who depend on their rental income to make ends meet. We can’t in good conscience balance COVID-19 relief on the backs of property owners. The County needed to put some skin in the game, and this motion was about delivering on the promise to share in the financial burden.”
“The eviction moratorium has prevented people from losing their housing, but our landlords have borne the brunt of this burden,” stated Supervisor Hahn. “While it is not within our authority to waive people’s property taxes, we can waive their late fees.”
As a next step, the County’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) will proactively reach out to all property owners and share information about how to request cancellation of penalties, interests, costs and fees for late payments. DCBA is also administering the County of Los Angeles Mortgage Relief Program, another resource that provides financial assistance to eligible property owners. More information about that program can be found at dcba.lacounty.gov.